Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged his country’s commitment to a borderless African continent to boost trade and economic growth.
According to him, although much has been achieved to boost intra-Africa trade, a lot more could be bone to achieve a steady growth on the continent.
President Kenyatta who made these remarks as the guest of honour at Ghana’s 59th Independence Day celebration in Accra on Sunday said he was willing to work with President John Dramani Mahama to realise the vision of a borderless African continent.
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Delivering his address, he said, “While a lot has been done, a lot more can be done, fast availing opportunities for deeper interaction, cultural exchange, increased trade volumes and improved welfare for our people.”
He said there was the need to encourage each other to attract investments and forge partnerships that would lead to more businesses and skills transfers.
“Let us harmonise our vision with the continent’s vision of a continental free trade area which I must underscore has received great support from the ECOWAS and the East African Community. I wish to reiterate my commitment to a borderless African continent and I look forward to working closely with your Excellency Mahama to realise this vision,” President Kenyatta said.
While congratulating Ghana for the milestone chalked, President Kenyatta expressed concern over the acts of terrorism which threatened the gains of independence and values of democracy.
“Recent history has shocked the world by a series of terrorist attacks in different capitals and regions. It cannot be that terrorist attacks become the norm rather than the exception,” he noted.
He therefore called for a collaborative effort to confront and overcome the acts of terrorism.
“As we continue to cooperate and heighten our counter-terrorism efforts, let us remind ourselves of the challenges we must confront and those we must overcome if we are to preserve the gains of our independence and the values of democracy. Peace and security play a key role in the economic growth and sustained development of both our countries and the African continent as a whole. Thus, we must come together to defeat the enemy that is threatening our people’s way of life,” President Kenyatta said.